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Purple Line (CTA)

The Purple Line of the Chicago Transit Authority is a 3.9-mile route on the northernmost section of the'L' system. It extends south from Linden in Wilmette, passing through Evanston to Howard, on Chicago's North Side. In 2016, the average weekday boardings on the Purple Line was 10,187. During weekday rush hours, the Purple Line extends another 10.3 miles south from Howard to downtown Chicago running express from Howard to Belmont, with a single stop at Wilson, making all local stops to the Loop. The express service is known as the Purple Line Express. Prior to the color-coding of CTA rail lines in 1993, the Purple Line was known as the Evanston Line, Evanston Service or Evanston Shuttle, the Purple Line Express was called the Evanston Express; the Purple Line is useful for reaching Northwestern University, including the sports facilities Ryan Field, Rocky Miller Park, Welsh-Ryan Arena, Canal Shores Golf Course all at the Central stop and the Bahá'í House of Worship at Linden. The selection of purple as the line's color was from Northwestern's official school color.

Beginning at Linden Avenue in Wilmette, which contains a small storage yard and car service shop, the Purple Line traverses the North Shore area on private right-of-way which begins at street grade. Running southeasterly from Wilmette, the line rises past Isabella Street on the Wilmette-Evanston border bridges the North Shore Channel north of Central Street, the first stop in Evanston; the line, now on an elevated embankment, curves southward parallel to Sherman Avenue. Continuing south, the line enters downtown Evanston and stops at Davis Street curves southeasterly again to parallel Chicago Avenue and Metra's Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way to Clark Street just north of the CTA's Howard Yard facilities. Here the line crosses through the yard area before the junction with the Red Line and the Yellow Line; the tracks are split on grade separated structures to allow Yellow Line trains to enter the junction from the west. South of the yard lies the Howard Street terminal, where Red and Yellow Line trains all terminate.

There are four operational tracks starting at Howard Street. During weekday rush hours, the Purple Line runs express on the outer tracks, skipping all stops until Wilson Avenue, to Belmont Avenue. From Belmont Avenue to Armitage Avenue, the Purple and Brown Lines share the outside tracks and both make all stops along the route. From just south of Armitage Avenue to just north of Chicago Avenue, they are on a two track line on a 4-track structure. After the North Shore Line ceased operations in 1963, the outer tracks in this area were used and received next to no maintenance; the original routing of the Purple Line Express is clockwise around the Inner Loop track via Lake-Wabash-Van Buren-Wells, making all Loop stops before returning to Merchandise Mart and making all stops northbound to Linden. Beginning April 2, 2007, the Purple Line Express was rerouted onto the Outer Loop track along with the Brown Line due to the construction at the Belmont and Fullerton stations. Prior to this, Purple Line Express trains were diverted to the Outer Loop track in the event of emergencies or signal problems in the Loop.

On December 4, 2008, the CTA announced that the Purple Line Express would return to the original Inner Loop routing on December 29. If a problem occurs on the North Side Main Line between the Loop and the Fullerton station, the Purple Line is routed into the State Street subway, following the Red Line to Roosevelt before returning north. For several years, inbound afternoon Purple Line Express trains stopped at Addison before weekday evening Chicago Cubs baseball games, in order to provide direct service to Wrigley Field for passengers from northern Chicago and Skokie. However, because of a platform reconfiguration in the early 1990s, trains had to cross over to the inner Red Line tracks, as there is no platform access to the outer tracks at Addison; as a result of the Brown Line construction and in effort to minimize delays, trains now stop one station north at Sheridan Road before evening Cubs games. The station was constructed with two island platforms that can access the express tracks, eliminating the need for trains to switch over.

During its weekday rush hour route, the Purple Line Express is one of only two'L' lines to have transfers to every other line, the other being the Red Line. The Purple Line Express is the only'L' line to provide non-farecard transfers to every other line; the Purple Line stations at Davis and Main are to the east of their Metra counterparts, while the Washington/Wells, Quincy, LaSalle/Van Buren and Washington/​Wabash stations on the express leg are within walking distance of Metra trains at Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station, LaSalle Street Station and Millennium Station, respectively. The Purple Line is operated with the Bombardier-built 5000-series railcars; until late May 2014, the 2400-series cars were assigned to the line. In spring 2007, small numbers of 3200-series railcars were transferred to the line, replacing the 2600-series railcars transferred to other lines, the 3200-series cars have since been returned to their original line assignments; the 2600-series cars were assigned to the line until early January 2013 when they were transferred to the Red and Blue Lines.

However, beginning in October 2013, CTA

Chris Rokos

Christopher Charles Rokos is a British hedge fund manager. He is the founder of macro hedge fund Rokos Capital Management and a former founding partner of Brevan Howard Asset Management. According to The Sunday Times Rich List in 2019, Rokos is worth £775 million. Rokos was identified by his UK maintained primary school as a pupil with academic potential in maths and science, he was entered for a scholarship at Eton College. Rokos attended Eton for five years before going on to study mathematics at Pembroke College, Oxford University, graduating in 1992 with a first class honours degree, he is a Foundation Fellow of Pembroke College. After leaving university, Rokos joined UBS in London. Within a year, he was asked to join Goldman Sachs, working there for three years, first in derivative structuring swap market making and proprietary trading. In January 1998, Rokos was recruited by Alan Howard to join Credit Suisse as a proprietary trader. In early 2002, Alan Howard and Rokos both resigned, together with three other directors at Credit Suisse – Jean Philippe Blochet, James Vernon and Trifon Natsis.

Together, they founded an asset management business which they named Brevan Howard, which became one of Europe's most successful hedge funds. Rokos became known as the firm's "star trader" and one of the world's most influential government-bond traders, with positions so vast Wall Street trading desks sought to stay abreast of his views on the market, as they could move long-standing relationships between prices. Rokos generated $4 billion in profits whilst at Brevan Howard, trading securities tied to interest rates for the firm's flagship Master Fund, including $1.11 billion in 2007, equivalent to 27% of the fund's total profits that year, as well as $549 million in 2008 and $933 million in 2009. His best year for the Brevan Howard Master Fund came in 2011, when he made $1.27 billion, according to documents filed in his subsequent court case. The same documents revealed that Rokos earned about $900 million during his 10 years at Brevan, a figure dwarfing previous estimates. In 2012, Rokos retired from Brevan Howard, setting up a family office in London's Mayfair to manage his own wealth.

But in the summer of 2014, wishing to return to trading, he filed a suit in the Royal Court of Jersey against Brevan Howard contesting the five-year noncompete restrictions which would have prevented him from managing outside capital until at least 2018. The high-profile case was settled out of court in January 2015, clearing the way for Rokos to start his own firm in one of the "most anticipated hedge-fund launches of recent years", according to the Wall Street Journal. With investors forbidden from discussing the launch, Reuters reported that much of the money invested in the fund would be provided by Rokos himself, with a primary focus on foreign exchange, fixed income and equity index products in developed markets and liquid emerging markets. Rokos Capital Management began trading in the Autumn of 2015, gaining 20 per cent in its first calendar year. According to the Financial Times, Rokos Capital Management was helped by bets on market moves around Donald Trump's election victory. Rokos was one of a number of hedge fund managers who predicted the UK Referendum vote on EU membership incorrectly, The New York Times wrote that he had told associates that he expected the "remain" vote to win.

Rokos Capital Management still made money, gaining more than 2.5 percent in a single day after the vote. The performance of Rokos Capital Management in 2016 was followed by two years of indifference, reflecting a difficult trading period for macro hedge funds. In 2017–2018, Rokos Capital Management's profits fell by 85% to £22.9 million. Rokos continued to complete the build-out of the firm in readiness for the return of more favourable market conditions. Rokos Capital is one of top performing hedge funds in London. Rokos was one of a number of hedge fund managers who made donations to Britain's Conservative Party in the run-up to the 2015 general election, contributing £1.9 million in total. Since 2015, Rokos has been an occasional donor only to the Party. Rokos says little about his charitable giving, it is known that he provides financial support to organisations seeking to guarantee basic human rights and needs, to initiatives which promote equality of opportunity in education. He has given to Amnesty International and Water Aid, supports Pro Bono Economics, a charitable organisation which helps other charities to measure performance, improve services and improve impact.

He is supporting a five-year fellowship, called the Chris Rokos Fellowship in Evolution and Cancer, at London's Institute of Cancer Research to explore how cancer occurs and why. The fellowship has been awarded to Dr Andrea Sottoriva, applying Darwinian principles of natural selection in a quest to understand why cancer develops and why it is so difficult to treat. Rokos supports the New Foundation Scholarships programme at Eton College. Mirroring his own educational experience, this initiative offers up to four scholarships for children from schools in the state sector, it is aimed at children from poorer backgrounds who have potential and who would not otherwise be able to gain access to the education which Eton offers. Pembroke College, Oxford University named a quad after Rokos when he gave the lead gift to the campaign which went on to raise £17 million to fund the surrounding buildings complex, he supports other educational initiatives linked to Pembroke College. Pembroke undergraduates

Lloyd Reckord

Lloyd Reckord was a Jamaican actor, film maker, stage director who lived in England for some years. Reckord appeared in 1958 in a West End production of Hot Summer Night, which as an ITV adaptation broadcast on 1 February 1959 contained the earliest known example of an interracial kiss on television, his brother was the dramatist Barry Reckord. Lloyd Malcolm Reckord was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on 26 May 1929, he began his theatrical career with the Little Theatre Movement pantomime at Ward Theatre. As reported by Michael Reckord in the Jamaica Gleaner, "Reckord's first big role was as Tobias in a production of Tobias and the Angel at the Garrison Theatre, Up-Park Camp, when he was in his late teens. Fired from his job at his uncle's hardware store because he insisted that he had to leave early to play his role in the LTM pantomime, Alice In Wonderland, Lloyd left Jamaica in 1951 when he was 21 to join his brother Barry a playwright and actor, in England." He auditioned and was accepted as a student at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, subsequently joining the Old Vic Company in London.

He would study theatre in the US, years at Howard University, Yale University and the American Theatre Wing. Reckord appeared in the Ted Willis play Hot Summer Night at the New Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London in 1958, with Andrée Melly as his white girlfriend; the ITV Armchair Theatre adaptation of this play, broadcast on 1 February 1959, is the earliest known example of an interracial kiss on television, three years he participated in another early televised interracial kiss in You in Your Small Corner, a Granada Play of the Week broadcast in June 1962, in which he kissed actor Elizabeth MacLennan. This claim had earlier been made for Emergency -- Ward 10; the play was written by Reckord's brother Barry, directed by Claude Whatham. Reckord acted in several television series, including four episodes of Danger Man and The Human Jungle, but feeling typecast as an actor, he wanted to move into direction. With only limited funds, including a grant from the BFI, he made two non-commercial film shorts Ten Bob in Winter and Dream A40.

Reckord returned to Jamaica, where he worked as a stage director, with rare screen appearances, as in The Lunatic and Third World Cop. In 2011 his work featured in the Black London's Film Heritage Project, with the compilation Big City Stories including Reckord's 1963 film Ten Bob in Winter, as well an excerpt from the television play by his brother entitled You in Your Small Corner, in which Lloyd Reckord played the lead male character, his short film Dream A40 was shown at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival at the British Film Institute. Reckord died in Jamaica on 8 July 2015 after a short illness, aged 86, his life was celebrated at a thanksgiving service on 29 July. Sapphire - Pianist in International Club What a Whopper - Jojo Thunderball - Pinder's Assistant The Lunatic - The Judge Third World Cop - Reverend "Theatre Veteran Lloyd Reckord Passes", Jamaica Gleaner, 11 July 2015. Lloyd Reckord on IMDb Lloyd Reckord discusses his career on the occasion of a rare screening of Dream A40, video at BFI Live, 12 April 2012.

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